18/31 Why does everything have to mean something?!

18. The meaning behind your blog name

It’s a pretty uninventive blog name… chloemayward is just my full name.

When I created this blog back in 2013, I didn’t know exactly what I’d be writing about. To paraphrase Naomi Smalls, I didn’t want to pigeon hole myself and put myself in just the one box. I have so many ideas, interests and passions. I wanted to use my blog as a journey, a way to find out exactly what I wanted to write about. Although, three years later, I’m still unsure of which direction I’d like my blog to go in. I have a couple of ideas that I’m hoping to kick start after I’ve finished my Blog a Day in May challenge, which I’m hoping will lead to big things next year…

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Name that… you!

#245: Do you know the meaning of your name and why your parents chose it? Do you think it suits you?

Chloe… In Greek, this means ‘young green shoot’. It is also another name for Demeter, the goddess of harvest and fertility – which is where the green shoot ahem stems from.

May… Deriving from Roman mythology, Maia was the goddess of spring growth. Yet another reference to growth… so how is it that I’m only 5″2?!

Ward… In old English, it is the occupational name for a watchman or a guard.

So, I’m basically a guard of growing flowers! Could be worse. I’m not sure why my parents chose my name but I like it.

Say your name

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#147: Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?

My first name is Chloe and it wasn’t given to me because of its meaning or after anyone (although my middle name, May, is named after my amazing relative who is in her mid-90’s, still living in her own home and is another tough cookie!). After a bit of quick searching, I’ve found it to be from the Old Greek meaning ‘young green shoot’. I’m far from green-fingered but I’m taking it to mean that I will always be growing, reaching for the stars, since I am always looking to learn more! Makes sense really… combined with the fact that people always think that I look 5-8 years younger than I actually am, so there’s the young part covered!

If I had the choice (which everyone kind of has with the deed poll option), I wouldn’t change my name. When I was younger, I’m not sure why, but I did want to change my name. However, I’ve grown to love it during these last few years, as it makes me who I am!

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